Early American Newspapers and other documents from Readex

Readex, a division of Newsbank, provides a suite of historical resources under its Archive Americana umbrella which includes newspapers, books, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries. Several hundred thousand fully searchable issues from more than 200 significant 18th- and 19th- century newspapers from all 50 present states are offered. Based primarily on the holdings of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), which houses a vast collection of American newspapers through 1876, Early American Newspapers, Series II, 1758-1900, Penn’s most recent acquisition, also includes titles from the acclaimed newspaper collections of the Library of Congress, Wisconsin Historical Society and more than 90 other institutions.

Available sections of the Archive Americana collection are:

America’s Historical Newspapers
Searchable American newspapers enable users to explore America’s past. Available: Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876 and Series 2, 1758-1900


Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819
Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker

These databases, which can be cross-searched, are available at the Penn Libraries website.

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